Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Species matter when considering landscape effects on carabid distributions.

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Jowett, K., Milne, A. E., Metcalfe, H., Hassall, K. L., Potts, S. G., Senapathi, D. and Storkey, J. 2019. Species matter when considering landscape effects on carabid distributions. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment. 285 (2019), p. 106631.

Editorial for soil organic matter 2019 special issue

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Gregory, A. S. and Blagodatskaya, E. 2019. Editorial for soil organic matter 2019 special issue. European Journal of Soil Science. 70 (4), pp. 713-714.

Nitrogen Surplus Benchmarks for Controlling N Pollution in the Main Cropping Systems of China

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, C., Ju, X., Powlson, D. S., Oenema, O. and Smith, P. 2019. Nitrogen Surplus Benchmarks for Controlling N Pollution in the Main Cropping Systems of China. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (12), pp. 6678 - 6687.

Increasing the agricultural, environmental and economic benefits of farming based on suitable crop rotations and optimum fertilizer applications

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Wang, S., Yang, L., Su, M., Ma, X., Sun, Y., Yang, M., Zhao, P., Shen, J., Zhang, F., Goulding, K. W. T., Shi, X. and Liu, X. 2019. Increasing the agricultural, environmental and economic benefits of farming based on suitable crop rotations and optimum fertilizer applications. Field Crops Research. 240, pp. 78-85.

Carbon sequestration potential through conservation agriculture in Africa has been largely overestimated Comment on : "Meta-analysis on carbon sequestration through conservation agriculture in Africa"

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Corbeels, M., Cardinael, R., Powlson, D. S., Chikowo, R. and Gerard, B. 2019. Carbon sequestration potential through conservation agriculture in Africa has been largely overestimated Comment on : "Meta-analysis on carbon sequestration through conservation agriculture in Africa". Soil & Tillage Research.

Multi-objective optimization as a tool to identify possibilities for future agricultural landscapes

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Todman, L. C., Coleman, K., Milne, A. E., Gil, J. D. B., Reidsma, P., Schwoob, M-H., Treyer, S. and Whitmore, A. P. 2019. Multi-objective optimization as a tool to identify possibilities for future agricultural landscapes. Science of the Total Environment. 687 (15 October), pp. 535-545.

Impact of 13-years of nitrogen addition on nitrous oxide and methane fluxes and ecosystem respiration in a temperate grassland

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Chen, S., Hao, T., Goulding, K. W. T., Misselbrook, T. H. and Liu, X. 2019. Impact of 13-years of nitrogen addition on nitrous oxide and methane fluxes and ecosystem respiration in a temperate grassland. Environmental Pollution. 252, pp. 675-681.

Seed-drill opener type and crop residue load affect canola establishment, but only residue load affects yield

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Swanepoel, P. A., Le Roux, P. J. G., Agenbag, G. A., Strauss, J. A. and MacLaren, C. 2019. Seed-drill opener type and crop residue load affect canola establishment, but only residue load affects yield. Agronomy Journal. 111 (4), pp. 1-8.

Soil Characteristics Overwhelm Cultivar Effects on the Structure and Assembly of Root-Associated Microbiomes of Modern Maize

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Chen, L., Zhang, J., Redmile-Gordon, M. A., Nie, G. and Wang, Q. 2019. Soil Characteristics Overwhelm Cultivar Effects on the Structure and Assembly of Root-Associated Microbiomes of Modern Maize. Pedosphere. 29 (3), pp. 360-373.

Exploring future food provision scenarios for China

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Ma, L., Bai, Z., Ma, M., Guo, M., Jiang, R., Liu, J., Oenema, O., Velthof, G. L., Whitmore, A. P., Crawford, J. W., Dobermann, A., Schwoob, M. and Zhang, F. 2019. Exploring future food provision scenarios for China. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (3), pp. 1385-1393.

Assessing availability and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock supply - case study for a catchment in England

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Ni, Y., Richter, G. M. and Qi, A. 2019. Assessing availability and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock supply - case study for a catchment in England. Biofuels. 13 (3), pp. 568-581.

Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

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Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R., Hastings, A. and Cardenas, L. M. 2019. Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century. Science of the Total Environment.

Stabilization of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in China over the past decade

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Yu, G., Jia, Y., He, N., Zhu, J., Chen, Z., Wang, Q., Piao, S., Liu, X., He, H., Guo, X., Wen, Z., Li, P., Ding, G. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2019. Stabilization of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in China over the past decade. Nature Geoscience.

Multiple abiotic stress, nitrate availability and the growth of wheat

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Ge, Y., Hawkesford, M. J., Rosolem, C. A., Mooney, S. J., Ashton, R. W., Evans, J. and Whalley, W. R. 2019. Multiple abiotic stress, nitrate availability and the growth of wheat . Soil & Tillage Research. 191 (August), pp. 171-184.

Management practices influence the competitivepotential of weed communities and their value tobiodiversity in South African vineyards

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MacLaren, C., Bennett, J. and Dehnen-Schmutz, K. 2019. Management practices influence the competitivepotential of weed communities and their value tobiodiversity in South African vineyards. Weed Research. 59 (2), pp. 93-106.

Cover Crop Biomass Production Is More Important than Diversity for Weed Suppression

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MacLaren, C., Swanepoel, P., Bennett, J., Wright, J. and Dehnen-Schmutz, K. 2019. Cover Crop Biomass Production Is More Important than Diversity for Weed Suppression. Crop Science. 59 (2), pp. 733-748.

Yield and the 15N Fate in Rice/Maize Season in the Yangtze River Ba

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Wang,S., Yang, M., Liao, S., Sheng, W., Shi, X., Lu, J., Guo, S., Shen, J., Zhang, F., Goulding, K. W. T. and Liu, X. 2019. Yield and the 15N Fate in Rice/Maize Season in the Yangtze River Ba. Agronomy Journal. 111 (2), pp. 517-527.

Assessing the performance of UAS-compatible multispectral and hyperspectral sensors for soil organic carbon prediction

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Crucil, G., Castaldi, F., Aldana-Jague, E., van Wesemael, B., Macdonald, A. J. and Van Oost, K. 2019. Assessing the performance of UAS-compatible multispectral and hyperspectral sensors for soil organic carbon prediction . Sustainability. 11 (7), p. 1889.

The contribution of spatial mass effects to plant diversity in arable fields

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Metcalfe, H., Hassall, K. L., Boinot, S. and Storkey, J. 2019. The contribution of spatial mass effects to plant diversity in arable fields . Journal of Applied Ecology.

The Growth and N Retention of Two Annual Desert Plants Varied Under Different Nitrogen Deposition Rates

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Cui, X., Yue, P., Wu, W., Gong, Y., Li, K., Misselbrook, T. H., Goulding, K. W. T. and Liu, X. 2019. The Growth and N Retention of Two Annual Desert Plants Varied Under Different Nitrogen Deposition Rates. Frontiers in Plant Science. 10 (Article 356), pp. 1-11.

Landmark Papers: No. 8 Burgess, T.M. & Webster, R. 1980. Optimal interpolation and isarithmic mapping of soil properties. I. The semi-variogram and punctual kriging. Journal of Soil Science, 31, 315–331 Reflections by R. Webster

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Webster, R. 2019. Landmark Papers: No. 8 Burgess, T.M. & Webster, R. 1980. Optimal interpolation and isarithmic mapping of soil properties. I. The semi-variogram and punctual kriging. Journal of Soil Science, 31, 315–331 Reflections by R. Webster. European Journal of Soil Science. 2019 (70), pp. 2-6.

Phenylalkanoid glycosides (non-salicinoids) from wood chips of Salix triandra × dasyclados hybrid willow

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Noleto-Dias, C., Wu, Y., Bellisai, A., Macalpine, W. J., Beale, M. H. and Ward, J. L. 2019. Phenylalkanoid glycosides (non-salicinoids) from wood chips of Salix triandra × dasyclados hybrid willow. Molecules. 24 (6), p. 1152.

Optimal interpolation and isarithmic mapping of soil properties .1. The semi-variogram and punctual kriging

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Burgess, T. M. and Webster, R. 2019. Optimal interpolation and isarithmic mapping of soil properties .1. The semi-variogram and punctual kriging. European Journal of Soil Science. 70 (1), pp. 11-19.

Yield responses of arable crops to liming - An evaluation of relationships between yields and soil pH from a long-term liming experiment

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Holland, J. E., White, P. J., Glendining, M. J., Goulding, K. W. T. and McGrath, S. P. 2019. Yield responses of arable crops to liming - An evaluation of relationships between yields and soil pH from a long-term liming experiment. European Journal of Agronomy. 105 (April), pp. 176-188.

The role of plant species and soil condition in the structural development of the rhizosphere

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Helliwell, J. R., Sturrock, C. J., Miller, A. J., Whalley, W. R. and Mooney, S. J. 2019. The role of plant species and soil condition in the structural development of the rhizosphere. Plant, Cell & Environment. 42 (6), pp. 1974-1986.

Force-induced repolarization of an active crawler

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Recho, P., Putelat, T. and Truskinovsky, L. 2019. Force-induced repolarization of an active crawler. New Journal Of Physics. 21, p. 033015.

Fluxes of N2O, CH4 and soil respiration as affected by water and nitrogen addition in a temperate desert

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Yue, P., Cui, X., Gong, Y., Li, K., Goulding, K. W. T. and Liu, X. 2019. Fluxes of N2O, CH4 and soil respiration as affected by water and nitrogen addition in a temperate desert. Geoderma. 337, pp. 770-772.

Phosphorus in agriculture: a review of results from 175 years research at Rothamsted, UK

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Poulton, P. R. and Johnston, A. E. 2019. Phosphorus in agriculture: a review of results from 175 years research at Rothamsted, UK. Journal of Environmental Quality.

Optimizing the bioenergy water footprint selecting SRC willow canopy phenotypes: regional scenario simulations

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Richard, B., Richter, G. M., Cerasuolo, M. and Shield, I. F. 2019. Optimizing the bioenergy water footprint selecting SRC willow canopy phenotypes: regional scenario simulations. Annals of Botany.

Livestock in diverse cropping systems improve weed management and sustain yields whilst reducing inputs

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Maclaren, C., Storkey, J., Strauss, J., Swanepoel, P. and Dehnen-Schmutz, K. 2019. Livestock in diverse cropping systems improve weed management and sustain yields whilst reducing inputs. Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, p. 144 –156.

The sources and dynamics of fine-grained sediment degrading the Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) beds of the River Torridge, Devon, UK

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Pulley, S., Goubet, A., Mosser, I., Browning, S. and Collins, A. L. 2019. The sources and dynamics of fine-grained sediment degrading the Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) beds of the River Torridge, Devon, UK. Science of the Total Environment. 657 (March 20), pp. 420-434.

Improved isotopic model based on 15N tracing and Rayleigh-type isotope fractionation for simulating differential sources of N2O emissions in a clay grassland soil

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Castellano-Hinojosa, A., Loick, N., Dixon, E. R., Matthews, P., Lewicka-Szczebak, D., Well, R., Bol, R., Charteris, A. and Cardenas, L. M. 2019. Improved isotopic model based on 15N tracing and Rayleigh-type isotope fractionation for simulating differential sources of N2O emissions in a clay grassland soil. Rapid Communications In Mass Spectrometry.

Responses of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to two consecutive drying–rewetting cycles in soils

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Pezzola, D., Cardenas, L. M., Mian, I. A., Carswell, A. M., Donovan, N., Dhanoa, D. and Blackwell, M. S. A. 2019. Responses of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to two consecutive drying–rewetting cycles in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 182 (2), pp. 217-228.

Accounting for data sparsity when forming spatially coherent zones

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Hassall, K. L., Whitmore, A. P. and Milne, A. E. 2019. Accounting for data sparsity when forming spatially coherent zones. Applied Mathematical Modelling. 72, pp. 537-552.

A high-resolution map of soil pH in China made by hybrid modelling of sparse soil data and environmental covariates and its implications for pollution

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Chen, S., Liang, Z., Webster, R., Zhang, G., Zhou, Y., Teng, H., Hi, B., Arrouays, D. and Shi, Z. 2019. A high-resolution map of soil pH in China made by hybrid modelling of sparse soil data and environmental covariates and its implications for pollution. Science of the Total Environment. 655, pp. 273-283.

Cover crop species have contrasting influence upon soil structural genesis and microbial community phenotype

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Bacq-Labreuil, A., Crawford, J. W., Mooney, S., Neal, A. L. and Ritz, K. 2019. Cover crop species have contrasting influence upon soil structural genesis and microbial community phenotype. Scientific Reports. 9 (7473).

Increasing livestock wastewater application in alternate-furrow irrigation reduces nitrification gene abundance but not nitrification rate in rhizosphere

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Lui, Y., Neal, A. L., Zhang, X., Cui, E., Gao, F., Fan, X., Hu, C. and Li, Z. 2019. Increasing livestock wastewater application in alternate-furrow irrigation reduces nitrification gene abundance but not nitrification rate in rhizosphere. Biology And Fertility Of Soils. pp. 1-17.

Modelling the effect of spatially variable soil properties on the distribution of weeds

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Metcalfe, H., Milne, A. E., Coleman, K., Murdoch, A. J. and Storkey, J. 2019. Modelling the effect of spatially variable soil properties on the distribution of weeds. Ecological Modelling. 396 (24 March), pp. 1-11.

Variations in soil and plant-microbiome composition with different quality irrigation waters and biochar supplementation

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Cui, E., Fan, X., Li, Z., Liu, Y., Neal, A. L., Hu, C. and Gao, F. 2019. Variations in soil and plant-microbiome composition with different quality irrigation waters and biochar supplementation. Applied Soil Ecology. 142, pp. 99-109.

The relationships between seedling root screens, root growth in the field and grain yield for wheat

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Bai, C., Ge, Y., Ashton, R. W., Evans, J., Milne, A. E., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R., Parry, M. A. J., Melichar, J., Feuerhelm, D., Bansept, P. and Bartsch, M. 2019. The relationships between seedling root screens, root growth in the field and grain yield for wheat . Plant and Soil.